Chaos in reports

Why you should put away everything you do and look at your reports

What are you busy with? Where do your professional ambitions take you?

Maybe it’s self-service BI, Big Data or Data Governance that occupy your thoughts. Or maybe you have higher ambitions and aim to make your company data-driven?

And can you say how many reports you have in your system? What’s your number?

If you hesitate to provide a number, the chances are that you have thousands of reports stored.

Not you? A BI manager in a big retail bank was pretty sure they had several hundred of reports. It turned out to be a little over 12,000…

We have all got used to the idea that data shall be cleansed, that master and reference data shall be catalogued and unified. Now everybody agrees that data shall be governed, otherwise there will be chaos. And what about reports?

Reports are your main BI assets, and whatever data or information initiative you tend to bring in, all of them serve the same common goal of making information trusted, accurate and relevant. And this information, in 99.9% of cases, we consume in the form of reports.

Do we cleanse, catalogue and govern reports?

The whole purpose of BI is to deliver trusted, accurate and relevant information in the form of reports.

In most companies, about 90% of a BI team’s time is spent ‘servicing’ reports. I bet your team is also preoccupied with developing-supporting-responding to reports. 

A dose of a bitter truth: we won’t succeed in making our information trusted, accurate and relevant; we won’t make our companies data-driven, unless we declutter our reports and start treating them as BI assets – which is what they really are.

So, how many reports do you have? What are they about? How accurate are they? What data sources are used? Do you know the answer?

 In PerfexLab we declutter reports.

 

 
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